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The Coherence of Theism$
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Richard Swinburne

Print publication date: 1993

Print ISBN-13: 9780198240709

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198240708.001.0001

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The Words of Theology—2 Medieval and Modern Accounts

The Words of Theology—2 Medieval and Modern Accounts

(p.74) 5 The Words of Theology—2 Medieval and Modern Accounts
The Coherence of Theism

Richard Swinburne

Oxford University Press

Duns Scotus claimed that the divine predicates (words such as ‘omnipotent’ used to pick out divine properties) are used in senses univocal with their ordinary senses. Aquinas claimed that these predicates were used in analogical senses. Aquinas's conclusion follows from his definition of univocity, which had the direct consequence that predicates applied to very different kinds of beings have for that reason, different senses. But in Scotus's sense of analogy, Aquinas would hold that the divine predicates are used univocally. However, I shall be claiming that in my sense of analogy (which is similar to that of Scotus), at least one divine predicate is used analogically.

Keywords:   analogy, Aquinas, divine, Duns Scotus, univocity

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